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Higanbana, flower of the equinox

Higanbana, flower of the equinox

Sometimes called "the flower with 600 names", the Higanbana is often a sign of bad omen, and usually grows near cemeteries and symbolizes death. Discover the legend behind the flower, and the fate of Manju and Saka.

Torii, the sacred gates

Torii, the sacred gates

Torii (鳥居) are traditional Japanese gates that can often be found at the entrance of several Shinto and Buddhist temples in Japan. The place where they were built is considered sacred.

Yuki Onna, the snow ghost

Yuki Onna, the snow ghost

Yuki Onna is a Yûrei, a Japanese ghost... She has been depicted as a tall woman, often described as being more than 10 feet tall, possesing great beauty. Though she has been described as having a serene appearance, she also emits a feeling of terror.

Tanabata Matsuri

Tanabata Matsuri

The stars festival comes from a Chinese legend that depicts the love between a shepherd and a weaver. They could meet only once a year because of Gods anger. This is the opportunity for Japanese to celebrate the reunion in summer.

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